At Terracare Associates, we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Throughout the year, we volunteer our time and resources to local nonprofit organizations and community events. Here are a few of the projects we are proud to have been a part of over the past year.
Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment – Denver, Colorado
Over the past year, Terracare has donated materials and time to create an outdoor learning garden at Montclair. The garden features 32 raised plant beds as well as an area to grow pumpkins, squash, melons and gourds. The goal of this project is to provide students with hands-on learning experiences that align with grade level standards while also teaching them new skills and responsibility.
Columbine High School Memorial- Littleton, Colorado
On April 17, volunteers from TCA continued our annual spring cleaning tradition at the memorial honoring those affected by the events of April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School. We are honored to continue to donate time and materials to keep the memorial looking beautiful year after year.
City of Centennial Earth Day Event- Centennial, Colorado
On April 22, we teamed up with CH2M and the City of Centennial to host an Earth Day Event including a plant sale benefiting Project C.U.R.E. All plants were donated by TCA and CH2M and profits from the sale went directly to Project C.U.R.E. In addition to the plant sale, TCA provided free gardening demonstrations and activities for kids.
Intuit Earth Day- Mountain View, California
Terracare took part in Earth Day activities at the Intuit Corporate Campus in Mountain View, California on April 20. TCA offered educational seminars on beneficial bugs, drought tolerant plant material and irrigation efficiencies. In addition, one of our staff members even dressed up like a bee!
Texas Tree Foundation Volunteer Event- Dallas, Texas
Terracare is planning to attend a spring volunteer event to help the Texas Trees Foundation make a difference. Volunteers will be in charge of plant, mulch or weed nursery trees at the TXU Energy Urban Tree Farm & Education Center as well as individual sites all over the DFW Area.
Terracare Associates was awarded the 2017 Community Stewardship Award by the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado for its collaboration with Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment to build outdoor educational spaces.
“One of our core values as a company is to give back to the communities in which we operate. This is the seventh learning garden we have built and our first garden in Colorado. It has been a great partnership working with the Montclair staff, children and parent volunteers,” says Cristin Tarr, marketing director at Terracare Associates.
TCA began the process of installing a learning garden at the school in early spring of 2016. The six month project included excavation of the garden area, installation of a footpath and planters, and establishment of an extensive irrigation system. In the process of building the garden, TCA contributed more than 300 hours of volunteer labor and thousands of dollars worth of donated time, talent, materials and equipment. The garden features 32 raised planting beds, providing each classroom with its own space to garden. The western edge of the garden has been set aside to grow pumpkins, squash, melons and gourds for use in all classrooms. Beans, peas, grapes and other vine plants are grown on the surrounding fence.
The goal of this project is to provide students with hands-on learning experiences that align with grade level standards while also teaching them new skills and responsibility. The students in each classroom are responsible for making decisions about what to plant and maintaining their sections of the garden throughout the growing season. Montclair took an extra step to keep students engaged and the garden well-maintained by creating a school club called “The Green Paws”. The organization consists of students of all ages and a committee of teachers and parents who participate in activities that support sustainability and the upkeep of the learning garden.
“Terracare Associates made our dreams of creating an outdoor classroom garden space a reality. The professional support from their design team, community outreach, and labor was above and beyond our hopes for the project. We have been able to tie in lessons from the classroom to the gardens for each of our grade levels which impacts each of our 400 students,” said Heather Manone, enrichment coordinator for Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment.
Terracare is proud to work with Montclair to provide students with hands-on learning experiences that help them grow in the classroom and beyond.